Charity Commission - Safer Giving - December 2014

Posted on: 16 December 2014

Christmas is a traditional time for giving and charities work hard to raise money during this time to fund their work throughout the year. The general public give generously to charity and, in a survey of people’s giving habits last Christmas, 85% of people said they give directly to charity at Christmas, donating an average of around £40 to the good causes they care about.*

Almost all collections are genuine, but some people will try to abuse the generosity of others for their own gain. With some charities and supporters having experienced fraud, it is vital that the public know that their donations are going to the right place. The Charity Commission and FRSB have come together to issue a few simple tips for giving with confidence this Christmas.

Remember #SafeXmas

S - search for a charity’s name, registration number and landline on fundraising materials

A - ask to see a collector’s ID badge and don’t be afraid to ask questions

F - find the FRSB tick logo, showing that the charity’s fundraising is regulated

E - ensure the collection device is sealed

X - xtra information about charities can be found at

M - make sure clothing collection bags are clearly branded with a charity’s details

A - always check email and web links are genuine before donating

S - still unsure? Contact your favourite charity direct and donate

*ICM interviewed a random sample of 1162 adults aged 18+ via telephone in the UK between 22 November and 24 November 2013. Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at


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